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Steelers, Pitt Broadcaster Bill Hillgrove Selected for Central Catholic Hall of Fame

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The voice of the Steelers and Pitt Panthers is getting a long-deserved honor, as broadcaster Bill Hillgrove is being inducted into the Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame.

Hillgrove, a 1958 graduate of Central Catholic, has been broadcasting Pitt basketball games since 1968, football games since 1970 and Steelers games since 1994.

After graduating from Central Catholic, Hillgrove, a Pittsburgh native, attended Duquesne University and also worked for WTAE and WQED-TV.

“It’s extremely humbling to be a part of such a small club [Central Catholic’s Hall of Fame],” Hillgrove said. “It makes me proud of where I came from, my neighborhood of Garfield, and my parish and grade school of St. Lawrence O’Toole. It’s amazing to be honored by Central Catholic in this way.”

“Mr. Hillgrove is a legend in the Pittsburgh sports broadcasting world, and we are so proud that Central Catholic played a part in helping Bill find his voice at such a formative time in his life,” said Brother Tony Baginski, FSC, Principal. “The city of Pittsburgh has been blessed with his giving spirit and incredible energy, and it is our honor to induct him into the Central Catholic Hall of Fame.”

Hillgrove will be honored with the Hall of Fame Award at this year’s Viking Victory Auction at the Wyndham Grand Hotel on April 25, 2020.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20

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James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.

This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.

Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”

The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.

Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.

Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20

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The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.

Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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